Messages from a Fortune Cookie
Tonight my wife and I found ourselves childless. It was not planned, so we had not planned anything in particular. However we very quickly took advantage of the situation and went out to dinner. We went to one of our favourite restaurants, the China Tea House in Wanniassa, the service is great and the food is good. Most importantly it was great to be able to spend some one on one time with my wife.
At the end of the meal they bought out the fortune cookies and I quickly grabbed one. The message in my cookie was:
“Good Judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment”
I was thinking that it this is a great statement. Too often we look at mistakes and bad judgement as a negative, however these are really a positive, as long as we learn from it. Now if the same mistake is made over and over then there is an issue to be dealt with. However an unforseen misjudgement that we learn from is a good thing.
This message also reminds me of another saying “We learn best from mistakes, however it is less painful to learn from other people’s mistakes than your own”. I agree that we learn best from mistakes. In fact I work and have worked in many organisations that have systems and processes in place to capture information about mistakes and lessons learnt for the future. In summary here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Do you beat yourself up when you make a mistake?
Do you learn from mistakes you make?
Do you learn from other people’s mistakes?
What ways to learn from mistakes?
Posted on Friday, 04 Jan 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Business, Entrepreneurship, Experience. Lesson, Judgement, Leadership, Lessons Learnt, Management, Mistakes, Quotes. Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.